Johnny Autin
Graduating from the Conservatoire of Music and Dance of Poitiers (France), Johnny had the opportunity to work with some incredibly inspiring choreographers and went on very early on in his career to choreograph and direct work experimenting with a range of different styles, from Contemporary Dance and Opera to Physical Theatre. He has worked internationally collaborating with choreographers and companies throughout Europe, as well as touring work worldwide. Johnny has worked with several organisations including 2Faced Dance Company, Gravity & Levity and Panta Rei Danseteater mainly as a performer and physical theatre practitioner. He has performed works by Darshan Singh Bhuller, Balbir Singh, Tom Dale, Freddie Oppoku-Addaie, Gregory Maqoma and Helene Blackburn, to name just a few. Johnny is also an experienced dance teacher and workshop leader; some of his freelance teaching credits include The Place London, the Royal Opera House, the Wales Millennium Centre, DanceXchange, Southbank Centre and Sadler's Wells. He has also worked extensively as a rehearsal director and dramaturg. Now living in the UK, Johnny works regularly as choreographer and movement director for Birmingham Opera Company, and is the Creative Director of Autin Dance Theatre (est. 2013) currently developing 'A Positive Life' their immersive dance theatre experience around sex, love and relationships for young people and their new outdoor duet 'Dystopia (A Cautionary Tale)'.

A Posi+ive Life 2021 UK tour dates

Autin Dance Theatre announces 2021 UK tour dates of newly adapted production ‘A Posi+ive Life‘ for teenagers around sex, love and relationships. Autin Dance Theatre announces 2021 UK tour dates of the first socially distanced live performance about sexual health, sex education and wellbeing coinciding with World AIDS Day 2020. ‘A Posi+ive Life‘  is an accessible, digitally immersive and interactive dance theatre experience led by six contemporary performers featuring dance, physical theatre, spoken word and BSL interpretation. Choreographer and Creative Director Johnny Autin talks about his experience of living with HIV in a blog interview for Birmingham LGBT on World AIDS Day and how it …

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‘Square One’ is going live at Attenborough Arts Centre!

    🗓 Thursday 17 December at 7pm 🖥 Online with Facebook live 📍@Attenborough Arts Centre Join the event       ‘Square One’ is going live at Attenborough Arts Centre as part of the ‘Unexpected Tales’ programme and streaming on Facebook a week later!📣   Square One is a bold and original solo dance theatre performance featuring captivating movements and patterns, striking lighting visuals and a hypnotising score. Join choreographer Johnny Autin as he delves into his own personal journeys through mental, physical and spiritual changes and our increasing need for higher levels of consciousness.       “I am …

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Mawimbi – Shifting frequencies,Tanzania 2020

    Choreographic Commission in Tanzania – September 2020 🇹🇿 Mawimbi – Shifting Frequencies was a creative exploration of the human vibrations in urban setting. The piece was inspired by Johnny’s birthplace of La Rochelle, a coastal city in southwestern France and capital of the Charente-Maritime department, and by Dar es Salaam, the largest city in East Africa and former capital of Tanzania. The Creative Team of French and Tanzanian artists researched, devised and created a multidisciplinary performance combining video projections, soundscapes and choreography presented at Alliance Française of Dar es Salaam during the 14th edition of the Time 2 Dance festival on 17-19 September 2020. This project was the continuation of AutinDT’s exciting East African …

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Out of the Deep Blue Residency at 101 next week!

    Next week, the creative team of Out of the Deep Blue will be in residency at 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space in Newbury for our very first week of Research and Development in the studio. Check out this behind the scene from Dani Bower filmed in Leicester (UK) on Sunday 11 October 2020 during Eko’s first outdoor photoshoot with the cast the puppeteers.       Out of the Deep Blue is an outdoor physical theatre performance featuring a large-scale Sea Giant Puppet operated by 5 puppeteers and a female contemporary dancer, inspired by the themes of the climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis. This …

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Call out for volunteers!

We are seeking volunteers to join our team at AutinDT!     We are seeking volunteers for our future programmes of work, particularly for our new outdoor show ‘Out of the Deep Blue’ and the immersive performance ‘A Posi+ive Life’ as well as  our Education Programme. No front of house/usher experience needed, only an interest to play an active role in supporting our audiences and performance team, and share our passion for live dance theatre experiences!     If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Autin Dance Theatre, please send an email with your contact details and a couple …

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Man Made Youth Company at Elmhurst Ballet School!

  We were so thrilled to have been able to dance together in a studio during our October half-term intensive! Thank you Elmhurst Ballet School for the beautiful space and to our Man Made members for bringing all the energy!! 💪 Everyone worked so hard, it was absolutely brilliant and so inspiring to have everyone safely, physically and socially-distanced being creative in the studio!           Coming soon!   Man Made Youth Company‘s online programme of regular training sessions and interactive residencies inspires the young male participants’ creativity and supports their psychological and emotional wellbeing during lockdown! It’s a chance …

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Thank you National Lottery!

Our director Johnny Autin sharing his Crossed Finger Selfie to thank the National Lottery players for their colossal contribution to good causes across the UK!🤞🏼🍀           We are leading, delivering and have been involved in several creative and social action projects that have received National Lottery funding from dance & well-being, gender equality, sex eduction, mental health, etc. None of these projects would have inspired, educated, instigated positive social changes nor existed without the National Lottery players!     #ThanksToYou  

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Autin Dance Theatre is looking for several exceptional performers in dance, spoken word, circus, physical theatre and puppetry for various future programmes of work

    We are seeking professional performers to express their interests in joining the company in order to expand our existing pool of freelance artists for the following upcoming projects in 2021 and beyond: – A Posi+ive Life – Out of the Deep Blue – Dystopia – AutinDT Education Programme       We are looking for highly creative and strong individual performers in contemporary dance, circus, physical theatre, spoken word, martial arts and/or puppetry interested in collaborating with us on our performance projects. You must be a versatile movement performer and comfortable with character work and text. We are particularly keen …

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We’re seeking local volunteers

Become a volunteer with AutinDT!   We are seeking volunteers for our future programmes of work, particularly the indoor immersive performance ‘A Posi+ive Life’ (from February 2021 onwards) and new outdoor show ‘Out of the Deep Blue’ (due to premiere in Summer 2021). No front of house/usher experience needed, only an interest to play an active role in supporting our audiences and performance team, and share our passion for live dance theatre experiences! More information can be found here.     If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Autin Dance Theatre, please send an email with your contact …

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Call out for Board Trustees – Last call!

  We are seeking 2 additional board members to help support our development and steer the company strategically into the future. We are also particularly looking for trustees with skills in finance & accounting, marketing, entrepreneurial skills and those working in commercial sectors. We are particularly keen to hear from individuals from diverse backgrounds, especially from Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse and under-represented communities to ensure we are reflecting a wide range of voices and experiences within our governance structures. If you are interested in applying this role, please email an expression of interest of no more than a side of A4 …

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